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will buy it. >> it is for now. at least somebody is staying transparent. what the fiscal cliff come essentially if you don't know what is going to happen, it is pretty good to have the fed to say we will continue to inject liquidity into the market, we are not as concerned about the market and we will make certain economic growth continues right now. liz: when does it stop, eugene? it just seems like it'll be very hard to exudate ourselves from the pillow read the half-life is really running out, it is like a heroine addict, you're not you t getting the same path. >> i would agree with you, easy money is very attractive, but there is no one logic. some of the confusion, look at the companies accelerating their dividend payment, there's only one thing, corporation balance sheets are strong, they have the cash to support. that could have been used for investment and they still think once we could get some clarity around what the tax scenario is going to be, we get some clarity on what fiscal policy is going to be, corporations will begin to reinvest again. david: as you just said esse
on the on the missile that perhaps we are nearing a fiscal cliff deal. coming up we'll, find out from key lawmakers in the fiscal cliff negotiations how we can actually get a deal done before the deadline. representative chris van hollen, lynn jenkins and javier becerra as well as sore orrin hatch with us. we'll hear from former treasury secretary altman and jeff greenfield. bill? >> stocks are trading off the highs of the day with less than an hour to go. final hour, really from the get-go. optimism about the cliff talks and senator harry reid made some comments this afternoon that put a damper on that real. we've lost about 30 points. in that time. up 74 on the dow at 13,244. the nasdaq is doing well today, up 32 points. more than a 1% gain, although it is off its highs of the day at 3019, and the s&p 500 index is 8 plus points at 1426. the word on the street is because of the fiscal cliff, some investors are actually selling the winners, the winning stocks, and they are holding on to the poor performers, the opposite what have they have been doing the last few years. maria? >> makes a lot of sen
for these massive spending cuts that would come at the end of the year if we go over the fiscal cliff. the white house saying they don't expect we will. they still hope it can be prevented, but they have to start planning. also, speaker of the house john boehner meeting with small business leaders on capitol hill where he reiterated some of his key points. again, just within the past hour. take a listen. >> business owners with us today are here to highlight president obama's demand to raise tax rates instead of cutting spending. his plan will hurt nearly 1 million small businesses around our country. that will affect hundreds of thousands of jobs. >> reporter: and guys, there are republicans here on capitol hill who are urging the speaker to cut a deal with the president. i talked to one of the earliest republicans to say, you know what, let's take a the president up on his offer to extend the bush tax cuts for everybody under $250,000 and at least take that uncertainty off the table and then continue to negotiate the rest to have later. some of the republicans are now coalessing around that vi
kick the can down the road like pele. we are good at this, but the fiscal cliff conversation coming up in june and a year from now if we do extend, we will be having this conversation all over again. when does it get done? >> i'm not talking about kicking the can as it relates to spending, but i am with taxes. they are different and it does relate to the fact we have a tax code so bloated, so distorted, so complex it produces inconsistent revenue stream. 18.5% of gdp is what it produces on average. it remains relatively constant regardless of your topper to 70% by three decades ago or 35% as it is now. what we want and what we need is a tax code with a study, stable stream of somewhere in that neighborhood. something stable and consistent. tracy: before let you go, senator, are we going over the cliff? >> it is too early to tell, can't make that prediction. i've learned not to make such predictions in this town, it only gets you in trouble. tracy: only 21 days, it can't be too early. thank you for taking the time with us. >> thank you. tracy: early? i don't know. a lot more to come inc
on last minute notice. tracy: right. >> as we come closer and closer to the fiscal cliff now the consumer is saying wait a minute, i'm hearing reports my taxes goo up additional five or 10,000 a year. i may start to temper my spending now. we're finally sighing the consume react. a good part that drove the decline in consumer confidence. ashley: talking about the jobs report, headline numbers great. we added more jobs than we thought. the unemployment rate down to a 10-year low. >> the report doesn't tell the entire story. first reaction. this is great report. double the consensus forecast. remember we only beat expectations because they were so tempered because we anticipated a negative effect from sandy. going through the different sectors aside from construction this appears this is clean report, really telling us what the underlying organ trend in the labor market is which says we're continuing to lose momentum from the initial very impressive job report at the beginning of third quarter. tracy: you say the fed will not be impressed with this kind of growth. what does that mean? >> we
.6% contraction in the economy because of manufacturers concerns about the fiscal cliff that's coming up. and the report also showed that if we go over the cliff, meaning if we just go over it in the first few days of next year, that we could have a 13% cumulative contraction in the gdp between now and 2015. and 6 million jobs lost. now, a lot of those will come from small and medium sized manufacturers who just aren't willing to take the risk, but i think you're talking to doug in a little bit and larger companies like caterpillar and doug is the incoming chair of the national association of manufacturers, companies like caterpillar rely on those supply chains. so they want to make sure that the small and medium sized manufacturers are just as healthy as the larger. >> jay, thank you. we appreciate your time this morning. >>> coming up, police arresting john mcafee. the details next. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee
a tremendous amount of supply. we do not have much cold weather coming up near term. once the fiscal cliff starts getting resolved, you will see some buying going on. cheryl: bobby, i want to go back to you about europe. we have not had a lot of problees. seems like the greeks are kind to getting things. >> the last few days, europe markets have been pretty strong. as you said, a sleeping giant. cheryl: i do not want to see anything change. it has been nice. gentlemen, thank you. i appreciate it. great floor show today. uncertainty seems to be the norm in washington these days. last year you have the debt ceiling convey. congress had trouble putting together a deal. now the u.s. may be heading for the fiscal cliff. what does that mean for you and your investments? we have the jobs report today for a brief moment. we weren't worried about the fiscal cliff. now, we are back. what do you make of it? >> the jobs report was okay. there are some signs of very modest improvement in jobs. the good news is we have not really lost momentum and i will put that in the victory column. from a very short
to hold on to funding. but there is this. if no deal is struck and the fiscal cliff comes, then $600 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts will kick in. that could affect a lot of programs in the room and that will absolutely leave an awful lot of voters, democratic and republican, unhappy. >> i want to take a closer look at what each side wants in the fiscal cliff and dpoeshiations, where they stand on taxes and savings. gloria borger joining us live. that was pretty cool what tom did. >> love that virtual studio. >> unbelievable. >> great. >> tell us a little bit about the sticking point here. it's about the taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans and the president sticking to that. republicans, it looks like some of them at least willing to move or budge on that. where do we stand? >> a little bit. we're kind of in the part of this where each side's waiting for the other side to go first, suzanne. and of course, the big sticking point, as you point out, is revenues. they have to figure out what to do about revenues before they figure out what to do about anything el
.s. falls off the fiscal cliff, speaker john bain ser slamming the brakes on any hopes a deal is coming soon, making it clear both sides have differences. second in command, eric cantor warning members not to make any plan for holidays, and kevin brady of texas, vice chairman of joint economic committee, thank you, are we still that far apart? >> you know we are. i started optimistic to get this done before the holidays, but, i don't feel that way, it seems to me the decision has been made, perhaps by white house to take us off this fiscal cliff. i think this is irresponsible to do it we're ready to work out a reasonable sound solution but i do not see that coming from the other side right now. tracy: is it because there is so much going on behind scenes. they think there is a lot of secret wheeling and dealing with john boehner and the president do you agree? >> i do not, i think he -- they have been sporadic talks, i know speaker boehner has been frustrated with how slow the responses have been. again, you know, not just tax rates it is authentic spending cuts, if we don't find a way to fa
words confirming that tax hike, coming irrespective of the fiscal cliff outcome. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other, the key is to make taxes go up and high-end individuals, i am confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. lou: obamacare, guarantees taxes are going up. 5 new obam obamacare-based taxeo kick in next year. a 3.8% surtax on unearned income, and call chains and dividend 18.8%, and a new tax on hospital care, and medical device manufacturersing' taxed 2.3% of the price of their products. americans get a tax deduction if their medical expenses exceed 7.5% of their total income that number rising to 10% for everyone under the age of 65. and government, for first time ever sending a limit on tax free flexible spending accounts, joint committee tax, estimates those 5 new provisions amount to $2 60 billion tax hike over next 7 years, president obama, avoid anything real negotiating on fiscal cliff issue, president doubles the amount of tax hikes he campaigned on when he unveiled his
't be surprised if we see downward revisions coming up. >> the other big story is the fiscal cliff. can you help us read the tea leaves here? this week we heard from timothy getter in, the treasury secretary. a reporter at cnbc asked if you don't get higher tax rates on the rich and republicans come up with doing away with loopholes and exceptions are you prepared to go over the fiscal cliff and he said absolutely. kpub cans with their counterproposals this week. what's behind closed doors? how do you read this? >> you know as well as i do, what happens in the public when you have intense negotiations going on is really, is no reflection of what is i going o in negotiations. i think it is important the president and white house and tim geithner think it is important to keep the possibility of going over the fiscal cliff to keep pressure the republicans and the republicans are starting to talk about the possibility of holding up the debt ceiling come january or february. that's their trump card, as well. >> you are focused on taxes. much of the conversation has been on taxes and raising rates and
that goes. you don't get it. all right, stocks closely watching the fiscal cliff talks. coming up, chief investment officer will tell us what will happen if there is a deal where if there is no deal. ashley: michael bloomberg crack a joke the only people buying egos. he could soon become one of those. as it everyday at this time, take a look at how oil is trading moving slightly lower even though the suggestion demand from china is off, oil down slightly by $0.10, 85.83 per barrel. tracy: it is time to make some money with charles payne. this hour he is looking at online networking site linked in. getting a little bounce, but has been on a tear. charles: this is a incredible stock. you put six flights out of business. i'm telling you right now. today part of the reason it is up, kind of odd, some sort of stock speculation mayor bloomberg may be interested in doing something, taking it over. even without that, this is a stock i like a lot. at least the third time this year my subscribers are in a stock. the latter earning report my two cents coby district by 100%, the stock finally looked
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the fiscal cliff, i will come after you with both barrels. if you vote tax increase. what's more -- do they want to rise above a tax increase? no. do they want to rise above fiscal cliff? no. what they want it do is not rise above the radar screen of raising taxes. and grover is more powerful than a recession. i asked him point-blank on "meet the press," college chum, look, it doesn't have to be a recession. we cut the entitlements. what are the entitlements that need cutting. and let's get medicare part b off there. what is your plan? no one is speaking about the specifics. because it's third rail. it's just plain third rail. >> medicare is the key, no doubt about it. the rising medical costs and percentage of the budget that that will continue to take up. it is the key area, when you're looking at spending cuts. >> right. and there's $4 trillion added on during the republican period. much of it for the global war on terror. no one wants to touch -- do people roll back on what you spend on global war on terror? we've got defense cuts, about there's $4 trillion, documented numbers spen
going over the fiscal cliff and something technical comes out in the unemployment rate drops for some reason. ashley: let's hear from the man himself, mr. bernanke. >> good afternoon. it has been about three and a half years since the economic recovery began. the economy continues to expand at a moderate pace. unfortunately however unemployment remains high. about 5 million people, more than 40% of the unemployed have been without a job for six months or more. millions more who say they would like full-time work an have only found part-time employment or stop looking entirely. the conditions in the job market now show waste of human and economic potential. return to broad-based prosperity will require sustained improvement in the job market which in turn requires stronger economic growth. meanwhile apart from some temporary fluctuations largely reflected swings in energy prices, it is likely to run at or below the federal market committee's 2% objective in coming quarters over the longer term. against a macroeconomic backdrop includes high unemployment and subdued inflation, the fomc
. >> this is in the progress report because there is no progress to report. when it comes to the fiscal cliff that is turning our economy and jobs, the white hhuse is wasted another week. gerri: what do you say? we wasted another week. we seem to be getting nowhere, and now folks are saying the president is trying to entice us of the fiscal cliff. >> look, i think they're actually some pretty strong incentives for the president to take the country over the fiscal cliff. if you look at what the president's stance to gain if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, there are very clear and identifiable things. on the one hand the president could identify himself as a tax cutter. he could say -- on january 1st the president in terms of the country and say, now in favor of cutting these taxes that have been raised because we did not solve this before the fiscal cliff. he can turn and say to my want to restore some of this funding that my secretary of defense and joint chiefs of staff told me i need to restore and can position himself as sort of the protector of u.s. national security. so there are some clear ince
.s. recession. that has come up. in part because of the fiscal cliff concerns. it was 19% back in march. a high of 36%. so we're halfway between the low and the high pretty much. this is a 13-month high for the probability of recession. now we want to show you what people are saying about the fiscal cliff, allowing the economy to go over the cliff would be extremely reckless, says donnelly. they're going out to try to help the unemployment rate. wall street doesn't believe it's going to happen. they do believe it will help lower mortgage rates and the unemployment rate and not a lot of help expected for the stock market. melissa? >> steve, thanks for that. that's interesting stuff there. >> nothing like getting your blood pressure up. liesman testing you live on tv. >> what do you think? wrong, wrong. brought back bad memories, huh, carl? 2013 housing market outlook this morning, according to the report there will be an increase in new residential construction activity, and also recovery in home repair and remodel spending next year. robert, some of the stats are staggering. it's not just an in
about the fiscal cliff when nothing we're doing is coming close to deal with these issues. melissa: we talk about how hard it is to simplify the tax code. our guest before you guys said the same thing. it could be really simple. we could put out three rates for people with absolutely no deductions exceptions. if you're in this group you pay 35% or whatever. make up your number. >> right. melissa: if you're in this group pay 30, and this group pay 25. no exceptions, no deductions that would be one page tax code. what is wrong with that, michael. >> because we live in a complex country with complex country. you don't want people, somebody with $50,000 of emergency medical expenses exactly the same as somebody who doesn't have those things? you want to tree somebody, the fact of the matter is you want to balance between simplicity and targeting. you want to balance between fairness and revenue. you need to make these --. melissa: who dids decides what is fair? get out there and we pick winners and losers we say who's problem is worth taxpayer dollars and who's problem is not the governmen
. investors waiting to see what comes out of the fiscal cliff negotiations and in europe, a choppy start to the trading day. investors are waiting for the results of greece's bond buyback program occurs. joe has some of the big corporate news and this one is actually a global corporate story. >> hsbc. we're talking about paying $1.9 billion in the money lawnering lapses. a brirchb lender admitting to a breakdown of controls, in a statement announcing a deferred payment. yesterday standard chartered agreed to pay $27 million agreeing that it violates sanctions against iran and two other international companies. >> if you're an international bank and you prael without getting into this kind of trouble? >> no. >> can you actually operate without money laundering? >> i'm just saying, if you're going to be in business in all these types of markets, isn't this going to happen? >> aren't there sxwier countries that would be probably -- that it would stead if you don't want any business tale. >> was there a fascination in this country about whether you want to indict the whole institution or wha
and in the fiscal cliff when it comes to that. ashley: certainly will. milton ms. rought at this, thanks for being with us for your perspective on the market when we see what happens in washington. thanks so much. >> thank you. tracy: he is oozing confidence in washington, isn't he? ashley: yes. dripping with sarcasm i think is more --. tracy: sham else about. i love that word. it's a shambles. there is so much more ahead this hour including a biotech ceo what is hurting innovation in the sector. you guessed it, obamacare. a corda's ron cohen is here. ashley: apple making lots of news with its stock swings. reports it is shifting production away from china back to the u.s. as we do this time every day, look how oil is trading. down nearly 2%. bun a buck 73 at 86.15 a barrel. we'd be right back there is no mass-produced human. every human being is unique. and there is one store tha. the sleep nuer store. the only place in the world you'll find the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. an exclusive collection of innovations that totally individualize your sleep. perfectly comfortable
. >> 40 minutes past the hour. it's all quiet on capitol hill. when it comes to the looming fiscal cliff crisis that could be a good thing. in 21 days we go over that cliff and four days to get a deal done before they head to christmas break. drastic tax hikes and spending cuts loom. cnn political reporter shannon travis jones us live from washington. what are you hearing? >> well, we're hearing that the negotiations are continuing, zoraida. exactly what those negotiations contain, what's actually happening in them, we're unclear of. so we know that president obama and house speaker john boehner had that one-on-one meeting on sunday, it was their first since mid-november. discussions have continued but, again, very light on details. both sides yesterday put out statements from a public and then from the white house. very light on details. i'll read just one of them for you. quote, discussions with the white house are taking place but we have no detail to share about the substance of those conversations. the republican offer made last week remains the republican offer and we continue to w
to know wh it comes to the fiscal cliff. is youu 401(k) in daer? stay with gerri: as lawmakers look for ways to raise reven in the fiscalliff talk will they endup iding your retirement gerri: well the fiscal cliff negogotiations grinding on and on there seemto be grong buzz the govnment will soon raid, get this, retirementaccounts in order to raise revenue. it is actually happe before in other countries but could it happen here? nathoenig is a fox news contributor and founder of the hedge fund, catalist pig. jonathan, welcome back to the show. >> thanks, gerr gerri: what would you put the possibility of congress coming after our 401(k)s a it is a big pot of money? >> it is an immense pile of money, gerri. we know they're going after our invests, right? raising taxes on dividends dapital gains. given the president's collecvism i feel so sort of direct confiscation of people's 401(k)s is not impossible t begin with. it is a temendous amoun of weth. at the very lett might eliminate tax defermen people enjoyed. further down thespectrum could be o rit wealth tax. it happened many times i
thing. thank you very much. liz: washington, still, as you know, not coming to a solution on the fiscal cliff with the clock ticking louder than ever. coming up, we are joined exclusively by the former treasury secretary paul o'kneel and how he would solve the crisis. david: big labor taking a big hit, right it work bills sent to the governor's desk who is joining us live after the break. ♪ ins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligatis, but obligatio. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for che
convinced they are not going to come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff unless compelled to do so by an adverse external event like a sharply lower equity market. lou: and is, you know, i can't imagine a market ever going down as john is suggesting here simply because a government chooses not to function. >> well, if it means we're headed into recession, the markets will react. in a typical bear market, stocks sell off by 20%. it's great to have a compromise before the year end, but time is running out. it's not possible. lou: how is it that a treasury secretary responsible for the integrity of the markets, the currency, responsible, indeed, for the financial system of this country, largely, broadly, and internationally, would sink to the level of a political operative making statements about we're going over the fiscal cliff and we're ready to go. >> the president put him in charge of the negotiations from his point of view. lou: clever. >> he's wearing two hats at this point in time. consider here, yes, there's a big complicated negotiation that needs to take place, but there's
on a fiscal cliff deal. meanwhile, the president said he's confident republicans will cave on the tax increases. we'll discuss the fiscal cliff with our "morning joe" panel. >>> and now, mercifully, i need your help. are you with me on this one? the phrase fiscal cliff, i'm over it, time's up, date reached on the expiration, nails on the chalkboard annoying. can't we be a little more creative? this is where you come in. e-mail your alternative to the phrase "fiscal cliff," and i'll use the best one tomorrow on our show. we won't use fiscal cliff, i promise. so far, my best, budgetary bluff? yeah, the bar's been set very low. >>> up next, we'll huddle around the water cooler, where jon stewart stepped out of his comfort zone with an eminem-inspired rap for the michigan protesters. >>> well, enough with the real news. let's gather around the water cooler. and first, a little moment of silence. louis louis, who wouldn't miss a second of on-camera opportunity has been talking to the porcelain god all night. not sure why. we wish you the best, louis. see you tomorrow morning. >>> well, a d
whether washington can work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. stocks rising, well, modestly is a big, strong word for what happened. technology stocks helping the dow up 15 points. the s&p up a fraction, the nasdaq rose nine. trading light. technology stocks strong in the market, and i'm speaking, obviously, comparatively. hewlett-packard setting the tone, leading the sector, not commenting on speculation that carl icahn has been amazing a position in the stock -- amassing a position in the stock. cisco systems -- mcdonald's, also a dow stock rising on news that sales rose 2.5% last month. that stock up just about 1% today. piper jaffray calling apple a $900 stock based on fundamentals. it may be, but it's got a ways to go after today, apple losing $3.43 on the day, $8 above its low of the session and trading slightly higher in after hours. crude oil prices down on the day for a fifth straight session closing at 85.56, the decline in crude also showing up at the pump. the average price of a gallon of gasoline dropping 11 cents, and we're looking at an average price of $3.34 a gallon.
risk not only coming out of europe, but also with the fiscal cliff negotiations. the bottom line is it's going to be very difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, so widen it out. for us that means in the s&p we want to pie 1340 to 1320, and as the market gets up to the 1430 area and above, we want to reduce our equity exposure. in the dow call it 12,5 to 13,5. in the nasdaq 100, 2400 to 2800. liz: okay, hold on. let me just hold on the s&p because that's what we have here. 1320 to 1340 buy in when it hits there, and can then, of course, sell. >> right. liz: so this requires real involvement on behalf of the investor, doesn't it? >> well, i -- the point is, liz, we, as i said, you've got a lot of headline risk, a lot of back and forth with the news stories. the point is to be disciplined. map those levels out, and then don't get caught in between. so i think if 1340 to 1320's a great place to add to your equity exposure, and then as we get up to the 1430 area and above, you want to reduce your equity exposure, and don't get caught in between. liz: sorry, i interrupted you because i wante
up, the fiscal cliff. we have an update what remains in washington, but now even bill clinton's former chief of staff admits the president's plan won't work, and he's calling for spending cuts. i'll get reaction from rudy giuliani as we continue. remember the two deejays in australia. they speak out tonight for the first time as they explained what happened with that hoax suicide straight ahead. ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. to tell real people about our new 15 under $15 menu. oh my goodness! oh m
, because everything's overshadowed by the fiscal cliff. do you worry, like, inflation is going to come and bite us in the butt one of these days? i mean, there's a lot of moy out there. >> well, i watch that very, very carefully, and i don't think that's an immediate risk. in regard to the fiscal cliff, i think the right thing to do is to let the tax rates go up across the board, just like they agreed to do. i think we ought to have middle income americans as well as high income americans having a reduction of those tax rate cuts we saw. tracy: take more from my paycheck, let the fed put money into the system. does it make sense at the end of the day? shouldn't i keep my money, g out there and spend it and let the fed keep theirs? >> well, that's, you got a good point, and i agree that instabilit and monetary policy is not very effective, and so i' not looking for very much from the fed tomorrow. tracy: no, yao not alone, sir. wayne, former fed reserve governor, thanks for taking the time. >> you're welcom. tracy: all right. well, if you are fired up about this or any of theissues on t
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as the fiscal cliff. were talking about using something is coming, you think that is good news. >> there is always the inside game and the outside game. they will talk to their base and their constituents. they have to get something by the 18th which is next tuesday so they can vote an on it. the matter what it is, something will be coming out of there. nicole: something will be better than nothing out of washington. that is the latest. he sounds pretty happy at least at the moment. today he is positive. tracy: here is a glass half full. we will take it. ashley: thanks, guys. looking at the old tea leaves of what is going to happen with speaker boehner taking the house floor with 20 days until we fall off the fiscal cliff he says it is time for president obama to get serious. really? rich edson in d.c. for all of this. >> actually somebody has to be positive, right? in d.c. we are not getting it right now. sources are looking at these meetings and saying there is essentially no move in it the last couple of weeks or so. house speaker john boehner confirms that on the house floo
've heard a million times, the end of the year, that's the fiscal cliff if we don't come up to a solution by then, we're going to sail off the fiscal cliff thelma and louise style. washington doesn't work like where everybody is in the hall and work it out. no, they're estimating if we're going to wind up with a deal that will go into effect on the first day of january, 201, they've got to hammer things out by this weekend. so this weekend is the fiscal cliff. >> gretchen: because it takes a while to write the bills. >> eric: and has to originate in the house and right now, john boehner and president obama are miles apart allegedly. it doesn't look like they're gotting any closer. so it's got to go to the house, then gets sent, assuming it passes, to the senate, gets marked up and has to be agreed upon in committees and conference and then eventually gets signed by the president. >> steve: it just takes time. >> eric: there is a holiday. >> gretchen: somebody who had to handle something similarly about a decade ago was rudy guiliani when he was mayor of new york city. he was faced with a
to extend just to middle class tax cuts to avoid the cliff for now and come back next year with more leverage to tie spending cuts and medicare reform to another hike in the nati's debt ceing. >> we're not going to play that game next year. if congress, in any way suggests they tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes, and take us to the ink of default again as part of a budget negotiation, i will not play that game. >> republicans held their meeting with small business owners and denied they are trying to punt until next year. >> i'll be here. i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving the problem. >> they noted the president has not scheduled any meetings with g.o.p. leaders in weeks and not offered a counterproposal to boehner's plan from last week. >> frankly, it was the balanced apoach the president's be asking for. we need a response from the white house. >> reporter: the president continues to envies the only impediment to t deal is boehner's $800 million in tax revenue is not enough. >> the hold upright now is that speaker boehne
a locomotive, if you will. and almost no one is paying attention to ias we focus on the fiscal cliff and what will be an agreement, ifs reached, at'll amou to something in the neighborhood of a couple trillion dollars >> and the forced union states are lookg for tte feral vernment to bail them out. but more important than that, the dems, the decrats don't want to lose the forced union states -- lou: well, i'm not talking about the fored union states now, i'm talking about every state in the union. and theact is that we're talking about unfunded ppnsion liabilities of $4 trillion, mallory. and -- >> but much worse in t forced unions. lou: excuse me, if i may finish. >> i'm sorry. lou: $4 trilliothat no one is paying attention to, how will it be resolved? >> it's tough to resolve, but it's much worse. e point i was trying to make is it' much worse the forced uniin states, much worse. it's almost double. that's one of the issues. we're going to have a big problem resolving that. it's going to be a major proem with services that are absolutely necessary not being able to ke up because of all th
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earners. that will continue to put pressure on house republicans to achieve a fiscal cliff deal in the coming days. speaker boehner has made it clear to the white house and his own republicans in the house he wants a deal no later than this saturday. >> major garrett, thank you. in an interview on friday, i asked general electric chairman and ceo jeff immelt for his thoughts on the looming fiscal cliff and the impact it could have on the u.s. economy. >> i'd make a couple comments. we've got to get this done now. not there are people who write and go on news shows and say we can let it lapse two weeks. that is specifically not true. we need this to get resolved now. not because because jim mcnerney will say it or jeff immelt will say it, but the millions who work for us, their lives are in flux. this is incredibly credible that we get it done now. we need revenue. everybody knows we need revenue. >> i think the president is right in asking for more revenue and therefore not extending the bush tax cuts to those with more than $250,000. >> bowles-simpson, there's not been one comm
with a look at what's coming up on "starting point." >> we'll talk about the fiscal cliff, the president's demand wealthy americans pay more in taxes. is he willing to compromise with republicans? we'll talk to stephanie cutter the deputy campaign manager from the re-election campaign. also we'll talk to republican congressman from texas jim hensarling. a horrifying moment ends up on the cover of "the new york post." look at the picture of the man in the shot moments later who would be killed, crushed by that train. was "the post" wrong to publish this picture? teachers should they have to ta take tests before they practice teaching like doctors and lawyers? a recommendation in a new report from comes from the american federation of teachers. we'll talk about that with the president of that organization randy weingarten. >> passing the bar, like an attorney passes the bar, should teachers have to pass the bar. >> that's how they explain it. it is like a bar for teachers. >> see you soon. >> 27 days until we fall off the fiscal cliff and neither side seems any closer to coming to a deal.
to the fiscal cliff, this threatening of our economy and threatening jobs, the white house has wasted another week. the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to slow walk or economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> so here's my sense, congressman mccarthy. why in the minds of republicans aren't they processing it this way? look, president, we'll give you what you want on rates. let them go up. but we have to get something in return. big cuts in the medicare program, and we're willing to make a deal is. that essentially the thinking of speaker boehner at this point? >> the president wants the rates to go up, that doesn't solve the problem and we don't want to be back here in another year or 10 years answering the same question. but right after the election, we sent a plan to the president where we gave revenues but looking for spending cuts. and he took three weeks to come back to us. he has gone on still on the campaign trail, still working through. but you have
of the fiscal cliff will be positive for the market at this point. right? >> any type of rhetoric coming out of washington, d.c. has put a bid to the tape. so i think the hopes that people were going to have something long-term and really concrete coming out of d.c. have long since gone given we only have a fortnight to get something done. so any type of positive, just get us passed it. you don't want to kick the can down the road like they did in europe. but i think some sense that they are going to come up with something. >> how do you invest regardless of the outcome? >> right now -- well, you know, here we go. i'm always the bear, right? i would be very cautious right now. because we have some concerns in regard to some preannouncements that might come around. you got a lot of cash in profit coffers. you can't just keep playing extra dividends. and so at some point you have to show revenues in growth. there's not a lot of evidence of that right now. >> in the meantime, rick santelli, you've got a big weekend coming up. the fed meeting. lots of data. what are you setting yourselves up for
a symbol crash? what's coming up? >> kneel kashkari says it's not a fiscal cliff, it's a hill but he's buying stocks and has specific names and a deeper dive into the prospect of exporting natural gas, what happened to this manufacturing renaissance that cheap gas is supposed to provide in the united states. we'll get into the issue. >> we've not covered enough of europe. >> there is a possibility the italian government could fall. >> the "b" word, berlusconi, incredible. see you later. if you're just joining us here is what you missed earlier this morning. >> welcome to hour three of "squawk on the street." here is what's happening so far. >> a sound fiscal position is necessary to protect the economy. >> okay. >> if we don't do that, as this economy recovers, that recovery is going to be aborted and that's going to do damage. >> 370,000, a drop of 25,000, because the 393 originally released last week was upgraded a couple of thousand. >> people are truly perplexed about what the stock is, where it got to, what do you do with it. >> so you can come up with a million reasons. it's ma
now, especially with budget cuts coming in the battle over the fiscal cliff but the agency has an unlimited line of credit with the treasury department. today, the housing secretary could not rule out tapping it but he said those hire fha loan fees and other changes could head it off. >> based on all of that, do you expect a taxpayer bailout as we sit here today? if so, when? >> based on those stats, i believe we have significantly decreased the chance of having a bailout at the end of 2013 or having to draw on the treasury. i'm not going to assign a possibility at this -- probabilt this point. >> thinks the fha could end up tapping the treasury short-term for several billion dollars next year. shepard. >> shepard: when next year, pete, do we know. >> the devil rays session it will signal intentions on possible treasury funding for the fha when it releases budget for 2014 in february and will actually make a final decision on all of this next september. shepard? >> shepard: peter barnes on capitol hill, thanks. the man investigators unleashing terror inside a crowded colorado m
think. first, forget the fiscal cliff, because the economy is coming back. americans are feeling more optimistic about 2013 and if we play our cards right, we're going to see a new economic renaissance. td ameritrade recently surveyed folks on their outlook for the new year. 43% say they're downright optimistic about the economy and believe we're headed for a rebound. 45% are feeling good about their own finances, but we already know that things are starting to get better. look, we're adding jobs every month, consumer debt continues to shrink. stock markets are up. longer term, though. america will reap the rewards of its domestic energy boom and more oil and gas gets extracted. the drop in the price of natural gas is already helping utilities and factories compete. that's creating more american jobs. and there is more. housing will be the golden lining to the economic cloud that is hanging over this country. mortgage rates are at historic low and should stay that way for the next two years but home prices have seen their bottom and are heading back up. when they do, confidence goes u
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